The Wichita State University Concert Chorale is the premiere choral ensemble at Wichita
State University. The Chorale is a highly-selective, auditioned choir open to all
WSU students, regardless of major. The choir specializes in the performance of a wide
variety of significant choral literature from the Renaissance through the twenty-first
The Chorale combines annually with other WSU choirs to present the annual Candlelight
Christmas Concert. It also combines with A Cappella Choir and the WSU Symphony Orchestra
for the spring oratorio, past performances of which have included Durufle's Requiem and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, which were performed under the direction of Robert Shaw during one of his guest residencies
at WSU. The ensemble has also performed Poulenc's Gloria under the baton of Craig Jessop, former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The Chorale and other WSU choirs performed with internationally acclaimed operatic
artist and WSU alumnus Samuel Ramey in his appearance in Wichita in 2001. The Chorale
joined forces in 2003 with celebrated organ virtuoso Stephen Tharp, who accompanied
the Chorale on the university's world-class Marcussen Organ.
The Chorale has a rich history of notable conductors, including Harold Decker, Harrison
"Bud" Boughton, René Clausen, Robert Glasmann, and most recently, Michael Hanawalt.
In the fall of 2019, Ryan Beeken assumed directorship of the ensemble.
- Meets (rehearses) MTWR 12:30pm-1:20pm (hybrid), Wiedemann Concert Hall
- Course numbers: MUSP 213F, 413F, 713F
- Satisfies large ensemble requirement for music majors